Commercial Legal Group Manager 2023

Duties & Responsibilities

Overview Commercial Legal Group Manager

This individual is responsible for providing accurate and timely legal, commercial, tax and M & A advice to the Executive Directors, Group Management and Exco. Responsibilities include researching and evaluating different risk factors and offering proactive advice on possible legal and commercial issues, including also the drafting of relevant agreements.

The successful candidate will maintain current knowledge of laws and will regularly monitor and ensure the Group’s compliance with local laws in the context of the complex construction and mining environment.


Job Criteria : Commercial Legal Group Manager

  • Draft, review, edit, interpret and negotiate agreements and other legal documents in a timely manner and advising management on potential risks.
  • Attending to closing requirements on M & A transactions.
  • Research and report on unique legal issues impacting the business.
  • Keep abreast of legislative changes that may affect the business.
  • Serve as liaison between the Company and external attorneys.
  • Attend meetings and manage the correspondences with clients and external persons.
  • Exemplary writing and editing skills.
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills in both written and spoken English.
  • Discretion in handling confidential matters.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to anticipate legal issues or risks.
  • Manage all aspects of litigation or alternative dispute resolution including mediation, conciliation and arbitration.

Desired Experience & Qualification

Qualifications & Experience : Commercial Legal Group Manager

  • BCom LLB degree plus admission as an Attorney
  • Alternatively CA(SA)
  • MBA/Management Qualification (an advantage)
  • Minimum of 10 years in Senior Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions experience essential.
  • Construction and/or Mining Law will be an advantage.
  • JSE listed company and Companies Act knowledge & experience.
  • A good understanding of SA Tax and knowledge of international tax will be advantageous.
  • Service-minded and able to work independently.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • This role is expected to be self-managing with a keen openness to learning and understanding the legislation and market factors in the mining, construction and civil engineering space.

Personality : Commercial Legal Group Manager

Package & Remuneration

R1.4m to R1.7m pa CTC

A commercial legal group manager is a professional who oversees and manages the legal activities within a commercial organization or company. They are responsible for leading a team of lawyers and legal professionals to ensure the organization’s compliance with laws and regulations, as well as to protect its legal interests.

The role of a commercial legal group manager typically involves various responsibilities, including:

  1. Legal Strategy and Planning: Developing and implementing legal strategies and plans to support the organization’s goals and objectives. This includes assessing legal risks and providing guidance on legal matters.
  2. Contract Management: Overseeing the drafting, negotiation, and review of contracts and agreements to ensure they align with the organization’s interests and comply with legal requirements.
  3. Compliance and Regulatory Matters: Ensuring the organization’s compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and industry standards. This involves staying up-to-date with legal developments and advising the organization on legal compliance issues.
  4. Risk Management: Identifying and managing legal risks that the organization may face, including potential litigation or disputes. This includes working closely with internal stakeholders to mitigate risks and develop risk management strategies.
  5. Team Management: Leading and managing a team of lawyers and legal professionals, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation. This also involves delegating tasks, providing guidance, and fostering a collaborative and productive work environment.

Overall, a commercial legal group manager plays a crucial role in ensuring that the organization operates within the boundaries of the law and effectively manages legal risks. They contribute to the organization’s success by providing legal expertise and guidance to support its commercial activities.


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